Xilam Animation

Kids round-up: ViuTV & MBC strike animation deals; Xilam hires Salto exec

ViuTV & MBC strike animation deals Broadcasters and platforms including Hong Kong entertainment TV channel ViuTV and MBC in MENA have struck deals for animated content with UK kids content and feature film distributor, The Media Pioneers. ViuTV, operated by HK Television Entertainment has acquired the pay-TV rights for adventure comedy series Boris & Rufus (39 x 11-minutes) […]

News round-up: Truly Original inks first-look comedy deal; All4 rebrands as C4; Youku & France TV extend ‘Lupin’s Tales’

Truly Original inks first-look comedy deal Truly Original has inked a first-look deal with New York-based comedy producers Jim Biederman (Kids in the Hall) and Jodi Lennon (At Home with Amy Sedaris).  The writers have teamed up as a producing duo and together will help expand Truly Original’s slate of unscripted comedy series for streaming and broadcast. Working closely with head […]

Xilam restructures with promotions & Cube Creative hires

Xilam Animation, the French animation indie behind Oggy And The Cockroaches, is restructuring its production division with several new senior promotions and appointments. The Paris-based production and distribution firm said it is making these changes as part of its growth strategy and includes the promotion of COO Dorothée Lanchier to the role of deputy managing […]

Kids roundup: HBO Max seeks ‘Squish’; Kids execs launch new prodco; Netflix picks up Xilam’s ‘Trico’

HBO Max seeks ‘Squish’ WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max has acquired animated kids’ comedy Squish, following a deal with distributor Federation Kids & Family. The 52 x 11-minute series is due to land on the US SVOD in Q1 of 2021. Produced by Federation-owned Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior, and executive produced and developed by John Derevlany, the […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with the kids

From $15m funding slates to discussions about driving diversity, the past week has provided plenty to consider for those in the kid’s TV business. With the 17th edition of the Children’s Media Conference wrapping today, TBI reflects on the key takeaways. Reflecting your audience The conference kicked off on Monday with a keynote panel discussion […]

Kids round-up: Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec; Sky names commissioners; South Korea’s Asiana agrees Cottonwood deal

Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec French studio Xilam Animation has appointed Disney’s former director of acquisitions and co-productions in EMEA as its EVP of content. Caterina Gonnelli joins the company on 13 January and will work alongside Xilam’s existing EVP of content Jean Brune to oversee all editorial aspects of the French company’s output. She […]

Netflix orders first French original animation with ‘Oggy Oggy’

Netflix has commissioned a pre-school show spun-off from kids franchise Oggy And The Cockroaches, marking the streamer’s first animated original from France. Oggy Oggy is being produced by Xilam Animation and is based on the popular kids franchise Oggy And The Cockroaches, which first debuted 20 years ago. The CGI spin-off went into development earlier […]

Xilam appoints Amuse exec for digital

Xilam Animation in France has appointed an executive from Millimages subsidiary Amuse as its head of digital production. Charles Courcier is responsible for sourcing, developing, financing and producing original web series to expand Xilam’s presence on YouTube, and will also expand the studio’s presence across AVoD platforms. He will also develop animated web series targeted […]